Powder X-ray Diffractometer (PXRD)


Powder X-ray Diffractometer (PXRD)

Powder and thin film XRD is a powerful, non-destructive analytical technique used for phase identification, quantitative analysis and the determination of crystal structures. XRD is used extensively in material characterization and in quality control for a wide range of materials including metals, minerals, polymers and thin film coatings. The XRD facility has both focusing and parallel beam geometries and a high temperature stage that allows measurements up to 1500°C.

Since its installation 7 years ago, the PXRD has been routinely used to collect and analyze data obtained for various minerals, clay minerals, waste deposits, electrochemically deposited catalysts and thin films. Users of the facility include commercial clients, faculty researchers, graduate students, undergraduate Honors students, undergraduate students for class projects and visiting researchers from other universities. Academic research in environmental science, geology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, engineering and materials characterization has been undertaken in this lab. Instrument performance is monitored by scanning an in-house quartz standard or a Rigaku Si standard for peak position and relative peak intensity.

Our Rigaku Ultima-IV XRD is equipped with a Cu source, removable monochromator, scintillation detector, standard stage, Auto-Sample Changer (10) stage and high temperature stage. Users also have access to MDI JADE 2010 software, ICSD and ICDD databases while in the facility.

Research Facility

EPMA-SEM-XRD Laboratory - The Earth Resources Research and Analysis (TERRA) Facility - CREAIT Network
Memorial University
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)

Along with a Rigaku powder X-ray diffractometer (PXRD), this laboratory features a pair of new, state-of-the-art analytical instruments from JEOL: an electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA) and a scanning electron microscope (SEM).

  • Astronomy and Physics
  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Engineering - Agricultural, Forest, Environmental, Mining, Mineral
  • Engineering - Civil, Structural
  • Engineering - Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Marine/Ocean Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Automotive
  • Chemical Industries
  • Clean Technology
  • Energy (Renewable and Fossil)
  • Mining, Minerals and Metals
  • Ocean Industries

Industry Liaison Officer

Matt Grimes
Technology Commercialization Officer


Wanda Aylward Primary Contact
Research Laboratory Associate
Brent Myron
Manager of Operations - CREAIT Network

Date submitted: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 9:03 PM
Date updated: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 9:04 PM

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